Protect the Commons
Protect the Commons:
A series of posts written by Mike looking at “the commons”. The posts mainly reflect on North America, but the truths they contain are global.
In his introduction Mike asks, “What are the commons anyway?” The commons are those physical, informational, electronic, and intellectual assets that we all own. One example would be Lake Erie, while another might be the airwaves, the electromagnetic spectrum on which so much media rides. The commons also include those assets that nobody can lay legitimate claim to, like, for example, the sky or the human genome.
Because the commons encompass so many different holdings, my discussion of the commons deals primarily with the shared natural heritage of the United States of America, our land, water, and air, as well as the organisms that live in those environs. I plan to explain the value of the commons as well as why we should not accept efforts to privatize public assets. But the first and most important reason, the one you must get your head around before you learn more, is this: THEY’RE YOURS!